Sustainable living

Sustainable living swaps

To continue with my sustainable living, I have kindly been sent some items to share with you. I have spoken about becoming more suitable quite a lot recently and abut the items we can use to protect our environment. 

Health and beauty

We use them everyday, but a toothbrush is something that isn’t wonderful for our environment. Made completely of plastic and something that should be changed monthly. So in our house that’s 48 tooth brushes per year that we are throwing away. It’s now possible to use wooden eco-friendly brushes, they might cost a little bit more but in the long run they will help the environment. These little wooden brushes come from The Humble Brush. and lovely little eco friendly company. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with the way it cleans my teeth and the condition it still in.

Cleaning between your teeth is also really important to your oral health. But floss and the interdental brushes add up to the landfill pile, The Humble Brush also have a great range of eco-friendly interdental brushes. I have tried them and I like them, they do feel slightly different but the more I use them the more I like them.

shampoo bar

Shampoo is something we use every day in our house, I have to say I do try not to wash my hair daily as I don’t think it is always a good thing. I also use it sparingly, but even so each month we use at least one bottle of shampoo and one of conditioner. For a long while I have been reading about using a shampoo bar, I’m so pleased I did. I love it, it took a few goes to work out how best to use it. But I found wetting it with nice hot water and the rubbing around my hands to gather a lather I was able to then use that for my hair.

It leaves my hair really shiny and soft, I have to say I was shocked at how much I like these Shine Shampoo Bars. I think I will last a lot longer than my standard bottles of shampoo. I do feel like I might want to add some conditioner which is something Shine don’t make.

sustainable makeup

Make up is a big one for me, I do love to wear make-up and I generally buy the pricey items. However I don’t wear tones of make-up and I’m far from being the next greatest make-up artist, but I like it. When lavera offered to send me one of their eye shadow palettes I was keen to try it out. I often find that when I try out something new it just isn’t quite a good and what I would normally choose. I was wrong about this, the eye shadows are all neutral colours and are highly pigmented that you don’t need to use too much of them. They are also long lasting I’m impressed with them.

Removing make up can be a challenge, sometimes I find that I end up using 4 or 5 different cotton pads to remove it. Which over a week or a month really adds up not only in cost but in the amount of landfill we are filling. EcoPanda make fabric makeup pads which come in a bamboo pot and with a little string bag. You use them to remove make up and them pop them into the bag and wash them. They work really well, plus they wash fabulously as well. I will not be buying cotton wool pads again.

Natural World products are just amazing, I was sent these samples and they smell amazing. They are made with all natural ingredients, are paraben, phosphate free, they only thing is they come in plastic bottles. However they are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. These will be living in my overnight bag for all of my trips.

Getting personal

I have been wondering about changing my sanitary products for a while now. I don’t like the how much waste they produce and how long they will in landfill for. I had a long conversation with my sister in law on holiday, she is now using a menstrual cup and loves it. So when I was offered some modibodi period pants I was keen try them out.

I did read lots of reviews and was quite unsure about them, what if there was a smell, what if they leaked. But I didn’t need to worry, they are comfy, not odours and no leaking. I really like them, I would need to buy a couple more pairs the first outlay would be high but over a few months the money I would save on disposable items would out weigh the costs. I know they can be worn alone, with nothing else, but I think I might wear mine along side a cup if I buy one.

sustainable intimacy products

YES are a company leading the way in sustainable intimacy. I mean it might not be something I had thought about before, but they work we have had lots of fun trying them out. YES have a range of different products depending what you are looking for, organic lubricants, vaginal moisturisers and intimate washes.

Have you made swaps to more sustainable product? My next plan is to look at the what items I use in the kitchen.

 

*I have been sent products to start my sustainable living journey.*

Living more sustainably………food!

Becoming more eco friendly isn’t just about changing your energy supplier or recycling. There is so much more that you can do and that include with your food. So here are some ways you can live more sustainably by make some changes to the food you buy and eat.

freshly dug up home grown carrots

Living more sustainably

Of course grow your own. Its something that has been around for a long time, right back hundred or even thousands of years. People would only eat what they could grow. Now people might not have the space or the time to grow everything, however you could start with something small. Maybe a single plant and see how they get on. We have gone from growing strawberries to having a large vegetable patch growing a lot of our own veg.

Sounds simple but don’t waste food. I know that I’m terrible for doing the food shopping and not planning out meals out properly. Which often leads to us having excess food in the house, but with careful meal planning I will be able to reduce our food waste and also our food bills.

Eat less meat, my hubby will hate me for saying it but from the research I’ve been doing it shows that cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is on way to be more environmentally friendly.

When it comes to having food waste, instead of putting it in your bin then compost it. It is great for the gardens but also helps the environment but not having extra going into landfill.

Take food with you from home each day, make sure you use re-useable containers. This was you save money on ready made items and also on the packaging.

Ensure you take water bottles with you everywhere, it again saves on plastic bottle and save your bank account.

If you would like some more ideas on how to live simply then Yaya at My Dreamality has a lovely post for you to read.

Let me know how your family is planning to become more stainable.

Sustainable designer jewellery by Sacet

As you all know I love gorgeous things and at the top of that list is jewellery. I just love it. Although I love costume jewellery, the items that can be be bought cheaply and only worn once or twice. However what I really love is high quality designer items.

Buying jewellery online can be difficult, I like to see and feel what I can getting. It’s always a worry when you spend a lot of money on something that you haven’t seen before. Then you have the worry about sending it back via the post and having the extra costs of postage.

Sustainable designer jewellery

sacet earings and necklace

Sacet are designer online jewellery boutique, that have some of the most beautiful items I have seen in while. Not only that but they are a sustainable brand, because each items is made to order, within their artisan workshop by some amazingly talented craftspeople.

Sacet do any much as possible to ensure they remain sustainable by by using recycled silver. They source this as often the larger silver mines do not have the best working environments, which Sacet pride their selfs on.

Gemstones and diamonds are used in almost all of their items, and Sacet ensure they choose suppliers that adhere to good working conditions and offer their worker fair pay.

Ordering from Sacet

sacet necklace

One thing I love about Sacet is you are able to order samples of the items you would like. You get to choose 3 sample items with get sent our to you with free returns. You are able to trial them for 5 days. Once you have chosen your items then it will be made bespoke just for you. If however you do not return them then you will get charged £25 per sample item. The samples although look like the real deal, they are not.

Such a wonderful idea, I love that you can try before you buy. Sacet items are investment pieces and you need to be sure

My Sacet items

earings by sacet

I was kindly sent out the Classic Pave Diamond round earrings and necklace. They are beautiful, very simple and elegant they also look beautiful on. I love that they are very understated so can be worn all of the time, both with jeans and a t-shirt and a dress out for dinner. It’s wonderful to have something so pretty that I can always wear, without going for one of my large statement items, that I love but it isn’t always suitable to wear them all of the time.

Thank you Sacet for sending me these gorgeous items. I love them.